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Fighting the Blahs

Posted on March 13 2017

I have been avoiding writing this. I keep pushing it further and further down the week on my to-do list until the point where I can no longer kick the can down the road. I have been in a MAJOR funk for the past few weeks. I was still working out and being semi-functional, but last week I completely broke down.

The reason for my funk could be a multitude of factors:

  1. The weather. Here in Norcal, it seems like we are in a perpetual drought. Then, all of a sudden, RAIN! Sweet, cleansing but relentless rain. And the wind. And clouds. Half of my neighborhood has yet to repair their fences. FYI the sun is back and it's 75 degrees today.
  2. Shark week AKA that time of the month. I usually get the blahs and cravings the week before. Then I want to snap off my husband's head during that week. He's a good sport about it. He chuckles to himself how someone so powerful can turn into something so emotionally fragile due to a simple thing as hormones. I may or may not play it up a bit for full advantage.
  3. The moon phases. Of before you call me crazy, I realized that all this "new age" ish isn't really that new at all. I remember my mom making comments about not leaving the house during the full moon and my dad made us turn off all electronics and lights during a thunderstorm. The earth's phenomena have more effect on us than we know. And when we "go with the flow" about it, versus just ignoring it, we are better for it. I am thinking of writing a blog about my moon rituals. Without sounding too hippie-dippie, what do you think?
  4. The big one - my DIET. All aforementioned phenomena happened which lead to a death spiral of my healthy eating habits. Add Girl Scout cookie time and you get my drift.

All these things, especially what we eat, just accumulate and compound on each other. I felt bad because of the clouds and my hormones - so I polished a box of thin mints. Then I felt bad about myself and continued to eat my feelings and not workout. Well, you ate nothing but candy and cookies and ice cream for two weeks before and during your period, what's one week more? You see where I'm going here? And all of this throws off our mental clarity and emotional balance.

So how do we FIGHT it? What is simple is not always easy, but I promise you WILL feel better.

  1. Decide and commit. Ok. This is the last day of eating shit food. I'm not putting one more piece of candy into my mouth. I am getting back on track. Life is all about decisions. We (the Glitteractive Tribe) are not the kind of folks that live life by default. So make a decision dammit.
  2. Move! Sweating is out is the best, hands down the way to clear the funk. Getting your heart rate pumping increases the oxygen flow to your blood and thus to your cells. Plus you did something! You didn't just continue to sit on the couch and feel sorry for yourself! Go you! Yay, you!
  3. Get serious about nutrition. I'm not saying that you have to go back to school or become a scientist. But listen to your body and understand it. There are certain things like getting your omega 3s and 6s from fatty fish like salmon and getting vitamin B12 from green leafy vegetables that are proven to help elevate your mood. 

    I have been avoiding writing this. I keep pushing it further and further down the week on my to-do list until the point where I can no longer kick the can down the road. I have been in a MAJOR funk for the past few weeks. I was still working out and being semi-functional, but last week I completely broke down.

    The reason for my funk could be a multitude of factors:

    1. The weather. Here in Norcal it seems like we are in a perpetual drought. Then, all of a sudden, RAIN! Sweet, cleansing but relentless rain. And the wind. And clouds. Half of my neighborhood has yet to repair their fences. FYI the sun is back and it's 75 degrees today.
    2. Shark week AKA that time of the month. I usually get the blahs and cravings the week before. Then I want to snap off my husband's head during that week. He's a good sport about it. He chuckles to himself how someone so powerful can turn into something so emotionally fragile due to a simple thing as hormones. I may or may not play it up a bit for full advantage.
    3. The moon phases. Of before you call me crazy, I realized that all this "new age" ish isn't really that new at all. I remember my mom making comments about not leaving the house during the full moon and my dad made us turn off all electronics and lights during a thunderstorm. The earth's phenomena have more effect on us than we know. And when we "go with the flow" about it, versus just ignoring it, we are better for it. I am thinking of writing a blog about my moon rituals. Without sounding too hippie-dippie, what do you think?
    4. The big one - my DIET. All aforementioned phenomena happened which lead to a death spiral of my healthy eating habits. Add Girl Scout cookie time and you get my drift.

    All these things, especially what we eat, just accumulate and compound on each other. I felt bad because of the clouds and my hormones - so I polished a box of thin mints. Then I felt bad about myself and continued to eat my feelings and not workout. Well, you ate nothing but candy and cookies and ice cream for two weeks before and during your period, what's one week more? You see where I'm going here? And all of this throws off our mental clarity and emotional balance.

    So how do we FIGHT it? What is simple is not always easy, but I promise you WILL feel better.

    1. Decide and commit. Ok. This is the LAST day of eating shit food. I'm not putting one more piece of candy into my mouth. I am getting back on track. Life is all about decisions. We (the Glitteractive Tribe) are not the kind of folks that live life by default. So make a decision dammit.
    2. Move! Sweating is out is the best, hands down the way to clear the funk. Getting your heart rate pumping increases the oxygen flow to your blood and thus to your cells. Plus you did something! You didn't just continue to sit on the couch and feel sorry for yourself! Go you! Yay, you!
    3. Get serious about nutrition. I'm not saying that you have to go back to school or become a scientist. But listen to your body and understand it. There are certain things like getting your omega 3s and 6s from fatty fish like salmon and getting vitamin B12 from green leafy vegetables that are proven to help elevate your mood. I personally find it near impossible in this age to get it all from food, so I take these. Disclaimer, I am a distributor of this product. There's a reason why some call it the "happy pill".If you want an update of what 3 weeks of girl scout cookie bingeing will do to a person, I'll tell you this. I took 4 days off working out. Because of the way I'm built and the way my brain is wired, I NEED to workout 4-6 days a week to be emotionally balanced. Taking 4 days off is just not good. I am battling allergies for the first time in 10 years. Makes total sense, all this sugar has completely undermined my immunity system.FYI - this is what prompted me to do a detox webinar. April 10th at 7 pm PST I will conduct a Facebook webinar on why and how you should do a detox. I'm giving away a 10 day meal plan to all my email newsletter subscribers! Like our page on Facebook to attend the event. www.facebook.com/glitteractive
  4. Don't let the blahs take you down. Accept the ebbs and flows of life but when it's time, FIGHT BACK. 

    On a side note, my son often has trouble making quicker decisions on simple things. I asked him, "Do you know why there are so many dead squirrels in the street? Because they can't make quick decisions. Don't be a squirrel!"

    Decide. Commit. And Do the damn thing!

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